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14 Theoretical and Institutional Framework: the Soft Spot Where Human Rights End and God Begins

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This chapter seeks to explore the impact of the normative interaction between human rights and religion. The border area in which this traffic of notions takes place is what the author calls as 'the soft spot where human rights end and God begins'. The chapter commences by introducing a few initial observations on the similarities and differences between faith and belief. It then concentrates on the qualitative impacts on any religious value or standard when it is integrated in a legal framework and transformed into a legal norm. Whether religion takes precedence over human rights, or the other way around, depends entirely on the situation and the nature of the conflicting norms. The only approach in this respect is for each camp to show flexibility and willingness to engage in an unprejudiced discourse for the purpose of reconciling the conflicting views expressed by each party.

Keywords: God; human rights; institutional framework; theoretical framework

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